Your First Appointment

We are thrilled you’ve decided to pursue treatment at The Center for Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery. Your initial appointment is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and understand how we can help you feel improved. To ensure a seamless visit, there are a few steps you can take in advance.

How to Prepare

Complete the Patient Forms


To ensure our team can best assist you, please complete any necessary paperwork in advance. You can find our intake form here.


Review Your Medical History


While we will obtain your past medical records, having as much information as possible about your condition will be helpful in determining the optimal path of care. We may inquire about:


  • When your symptoms or condition began
  • What treatments you have undergone in the past
  • How past treatments have or have not been successful
  • What you hope to achieve through treatment


Prepare a List of Questions


Having your questions and concerns outlined in advance will help guide our discussion and ensure you don't forget anything you'd like to ask. Some common questions we hear include:


  • Are there other explanations for my condition?
  • Do you recommend additional testing?
  • Which treatment do you recommend?
  • Are there other treatments I should consider?
  • What happens if I decide not to pursue treatment?
  • Does the treatment have risks or side effects?
  • What would my recovery look like?
  • What is the expected outcome with treatment?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
  • Is it covered by insurance?


By taking these preparatory steps, we can make the most of your initial visit and begin charting the best path forward for your care.

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